Kyree and Ben
How We Met: Ben and I met in high school, 12 years ago. He quickly became my best friend and totally inseparable. We did everything together, sleep overs, movie dates, sat next to each other during classes and he would even put kinda surprise chocolates in my locker during the week. Ben would call me late at night once he would finish his part time job and we could talk for hours on end. He was my best friend but he secretly liked me more than that. It wasn’t until after our year 12 graduation that I realised how much he liked me, he finally worked up the courage to ask me out on a real date. I said yes and we started dating on Christmas Day that same year. Our love flourished & we became closer than ever.
How He Asked: Ben works away on the mines and does a tiring four weeks at a time and only one short week home. We decided to arrange a long deserving holiday as we spend very little physical time together during the year. I’ve always wanted to go to the Greek Islands for my honeymoon, but as Ben and I had been together for almost 9 years with no sign of a proposal, I decided to take the leap and booked the trip anyway. We saved our hearts out and counted down the sleeps until this Island paradise holiday finally arrived. We spent the first two weeks exploring Athens and then Santorini. It was the most magical, relaxing experience of my life. We shared laughter, stories and lots of hand holding (a tender gesture we take for granted) and we got to know each other deeply again. Half way through our holiday, Ben and I went out to dinner. We shared a bottle of wine, and laughed until we were in tears whilst reminiscing. Afterwards, we walked back to our hotel which was perched on the high cliff face. He took my hand, and started telling me how much he loved me. He said “I’m not a man of many words, but I know I want to be with you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?” I was so speechless I forgot to answer him. This was the most memorable and magic moment. One that I will cherish for a lifetime.
Photography by Kellie Sinclair